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June 20, 2018

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Menace or Medicine: Marijuana Reform on the Ballot
Last Featured: 2/14/2000

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Should people with serious medical conditions be able to use marijuana to treat or alleviate their conditions or their symptoms? This issue is the subject of several state ballot initiatives and a recent California lawsuit that seeks the right to use the drug on behalf of AIDS and cancer patients who argue they have no other medical alternatives.

Sue Rusche is the Executive Director of National Families in Action, a national organization based in Atlanta that is a leader in drug abuse prevention efforts. Ms. Rusche has worked to fight drug abuse for over 20 years. She has been the principle investigator for two large demonstration projects that focus on drug prevention among high risk users. She has been an advisor to the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, she has advised the U.S. Surgeon General and she is the co-author of False Messengers, How Addictive Drugs Change the Brain.

Graham Boyd directs the ACLU Drug Policy Litigation Project. The Project conducts the only national litigation program addressing civil rights and civil liberties violations arising from the war on drugs. Mr. Boyd is currently challenging restrictions on medical marijuana, the denial of voting rights, and police interference with syringe exchange programs. Mr. Boyd has litigated a precedent setting case involving DEA targeting of rave promoters in New Orleans, an effort that has led to consultation with rave organizers in over a dozen states over the past year.

Closing Quote
"It's easy to think that the state has a lot of different objects, military, political, economic and whatnot but, in a way, things are much simpler than that. The state exists simply to promote and to protect the ordinary happiness of human beings in this life. A husband and wife chatting over a fire, a couple of friends having a game of darts in a pub, a man reading a book in his own room or digging in his own garden, that is what the state is there for and, unless they are helping to increase and prolong and protect such moments, all the laws, parliaments, armies, courts, police, economies are simply a waste of time."

— C. S. Lewis

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ATTENTION TEACHERS: Additional materials supporting use of this program in the classroom are available: ClickHere
American Civil Liberties Union
Marijuana Policy Project (MPP)
National Organization for Reform of the Marijuana Laws
National Drug Strategy Network
National Families in Action
Medical Marijuana at Speakout.com
Analyzing Legalization: Medical Marijuana, The IOM Report: What it Says, What it Doesnít Say
A Marijuana and Hemp Search Engine
The Marijuana Anonymous Home Page
CNN - Weed Wars - Medicinal Marijuana: The Struggle for Legalization
Testimony of Ira Glasser Executive Director of American Civil Liberties Union: Criminal Justice, Drug Policy and Human Resources Subcommittee of the House Government Reform Committee
Alternet.org: Pot Shrinks Tumors; Government Knew in '74
False Messengers : How Addictive Drugs Change the Brain
by by Sue Ruschem David P. Friedman, Jamie Biswas
Why Marijuana Should Be Legal
by Ed Rosenthal and Steve Kubby
The Law and Infectious Disease
Is There a Right to Health Care?
Have Health Officials Become the Diet Police?